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Wearable Tech

Moto 360 clocks an Android 5.1.1 update

The Motorola wearable receives Wi-Fi support and wrist gestures as part of a new software upgrade.

The Moto 360 snags some nifty new features in the Android Wear 5.1.1 update. CNET

The Motorola Moto 360 picks up a couple of handy new features as part of the Android Wear 5.1.1 software update. Rolling out over the coming days and weeks, Android Wear 5.1.1 brings Wi-Fi connectivity support as well as wrist gestures.

First introduced back in late April, the software allows the watch to run independently of a smartphone. Additionally, it can put apps into an always-on state that doesn't turn off the display when the screen times out. This will be helpful to those who may frequently use turn-by-turn navigation or a to-do list application.

Android Wear 5.1.1 also comes with a new hands-free gesture that lets user flick their wrist to the left and right to navigate between screens on the watch. And last, but definitely not least, the Moto 360 will let wearers draw emojis directly on the screen.

The Moto 360 is not the first wearable to receive this software update; the LG Watch Urbane launched with these features right out of the box.